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Deals on season tickets to theaters expire soon

By BARBARA FREDRICKSEN
Published May 26, 2007


Important reminders:

You only have until Sunday to buy the incredibly thrifty early bird tickets for 2007-08 season at Richey Suncoast Theatre and until Thursday to get them at Stage West Community Playhouse.

After those deadlines, regular season ticket prices go into effect, and the tab goes up significantly.

At Richey Suncoast, you get five shows for $60, plus $10 for the Christmas show if you buy before the deadline.

At Stage West, you can get eight shows for $80, only $10 a show. That's if you buy the five shows on the Main Stage for $60 and the three shows in the Forum for $20. Since the price of individual shows on the Main Stage is going up to $18 next season, it's like getting all the Forum shows for free and having $10 left over.

Imagine: Between the two theaters, you get 14 terrific shows for just $150.

Both theaters have opening night on a Thursday, followed by shows on the succeeding three weekends. You can choose to always go on opening nights, closing matinees or any time in between. If you realize you have a conflict with one of your regular shows, you have the privilege as a season ticket holder to exchange for another date.

At Richey Suncoast, the shows are the musical Man of La Mancha (Sept. 6-23), the creepy drama The Bad Seed (Oct. 18-Nov. 4), the musical Chess (Jan. 10-27), the warm drama Steel Magnolias (Feb. 21-March 9) and the musical Fame (May 8-25).

A Pasco Christmas, Scrooge Revisited plays only two weekends, Nov. 23-25, and Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2.

The box office at the theater, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and an hour before the final performances of The Music Man, which is at 8 p.m. tonight and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (727) 842-6777.

At Stage West, the lineup includes the comedy Noises Off (Sept. 6-23); the musical Oliver! (Nov. 1-18); the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men (Jan. 10-27); the musical Camelot (Feb. 18-March 16), which replaces the originally scheduled Evita; and the Agatha Christie mystery Murder on the Nile (May 1-18).

Playing at Stage West's Forum are Steel Magnolias (Oct. 5-14), the chilling thriller Veronica's Room (Feb. 1-10) and the classic drama Death of a Salesman (April 4-13).

The box office, at 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and an hour before the final presentations of the current show, 45 Seconds from Broadway, which is at 8 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (352) 683-5113.

At these prices, you can afford to buy a spare for a friend.

The operas are coming

If you're an opera lover, reserve the dates of July 25 through Aug. 3 right now.

That's when the Intermezzo Young Artists Development Program, based in New York City, will present four full operas in the Black Box Theatre on the Nature Coast Technical High School campus west of Brooksville. Company members will also do a series of recitals somewhere in New Port Richey.

They're being brought here through the efforts of drama teachers Tim and Lori Erickson, who did so much to build the performing arts program at River Ridge Middle and High schools before launching a dazzling program at Nature Coast.

The operas, all sung in their original languages, are Verdi's only comic opera, Falstaff; Mozart's The Magic Flute; Benjamin Britten's comedy Albert Herring; and Puccini's Suor Angelica.

They're staged and conducted by leaders from the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Sante Fe Opera and Orchestra Miami, but all the performers are aspiring young professionals.

A couple of familiar faces will be in the casts: River Ridge High School alumnae Alison Caffrey and Gabrielle Mirabella, who won slots during the highly competitive auditions across the United States.

Both were in several shows at River Ridge.

Ms. Caffrey was Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and also won a Thursday Musicale scholarship in 2004.

Ms. Mirabella was Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and won a "Ticket to Broadway" scholarship from Richey Suncoast Theatre.

Her most memorable performance, though, was in early 2002, when, at age 15, she stunned audiences with her maturity and skill in the role of Yum-Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, a joint effort of Hernando County Fine Arts Council and Hernando Symphony Orchestra.

Times, dates and ticket prices for all four performances will be announced soon.